GP Events

Upcoming GP events

The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) Quality Assurance and Continuing Professional Development Program (QA & CPD) includes the promotion of GP participation in effective and efficient quality assurance and continuing professional development by encouraging and identifying high quality activities for GPs.

Healthscope has achieved both Endorsed Provider (Category 2) and Accredited Provider (Category 1) status with the RACGP.

Our dedicated continuation of education programs assist general practitioners to fulfil their accreditation criteria set out by the RACGP.

The Melbourne Private Hospital invites General Practitioners and Allied Health professionals to attend this live, online and interactive meeting with Mr Phillip Antippa, Mr Ben Dunne and Ms Bree Knoester

This activity has been developed to broaden GPs’ understanding of the burden of occupational Lung Cancers and the most efficient and effective pathways for high risk patients. Specialist Thoracic Surgeons from Melbourne Private Hospital will discuss risks, symptoms, and diagnostic and referral pathways to assist GPs in identifying cases early, thus enhancing patient outcomes.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Describe current risk factors for occupational lung cancer;
  2. Identify the common, rare and sinister presentations of occupational lung cancers;
  3. Recognise the importance of timely referral and progression to treatment in patients with suspected occupational lung cancer;
  4. Discuss the professional and legal obligations in relation to history taking, medical reports and medical records for patients diagnosed with occupational lung disease;
  5. Explain key requirements from GPs when preparing for court.


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Speakers

photo of Mr Phillip Antippa OAM MBBS FRACS

Mr Phillip Antippa OAM MBBS FRACS

Head of Thoracic Surgical Services RMH @Melbourne Private Hospital, RMH, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre

Phillip is a specialist Thoracic Surgeon and the Head of Thoracic Surgical Service at Royal Melbourne Hospital (RMH). In addition, his main clinical appointments includes the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, as part of the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre (VCCC). Philip also operates privately at Melbourne Private Hospital in Parkville. Exposed to a large breadth of benign and malignant diseases of the chest, his work includes all aspects of Adult Thoracic Surgery including care of patients with malignancies of the chest and trauma surgery. He is also committed to research and teaching, as well as having an active role in the Trauma Unit at RMH. Phillip performs all aspects of Thoracic Surgery from advanced Bronchoscopy with Laser and stenting to advanced Pulmonary resections including VATS Lobectomy. He has an active interest in Chest Wall Trauma, Chest Wall Resection and Reconstruction as well as Pectus Deformity Corrective surgery including the Nuss Procedure.


photo of Mr Ben Dunne MBBCh BOA MRCS MS FRACS

Mr Ben Dunne MBBCh BOA MRCS MS FRACS

Cardiothoracic Surgeon @Melbourne Private Hospital, RMH, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre

Ben is a specialist Cardiothoracic surgeon whose main interest is Thoracic Surgery. His main clinical appointments are at the Royal Melbourne Hoispital (RMH) and the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, as part of the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre (VCCC). Ben also operates privately at Melbourne Private Hospital in Parkville. Ben’s work includes all aspects of Adult Thoracic Surgery including care of patients with malignancies of the chest. He is also dedicated to clinical governance, leadership, education, and research with over 50 scientific publications and presentations, and has authored 2 chapters in major thoracic surgical textbooks. Having recently returned to Australia, Ben has joined the team at Royal Melbourne Hospital/ Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre working as part of the multidisciplinary team to provide comprehensive and patient centred care. Ben performs all aspects of Thoracic Surgery.


photo of Ms Bree Knoester

Ms Bree Knoester

Partner and Personal Injury Lawyer @Adviceline Injury Lawyers

Bree Knoester is the Managing Partner of Adviceline Injury Lawyers and leads the firm’s occupational diseases litigation and sexual abuse practices. An expert in industrial injuries and occupational diseases (asbestos, silicosis, dust), Bree is dedicated to ensuring that her clients are properly compensated for their injuries and thrives on providing advice and support to her clients throughout their whole case. Bree understands that for clients, going to court can be an overwhelming and stressful experience. She is committed to ensuring that her clients understand what is happening with their case every step of the way. Bree also appreciates the involvement of General Practitioners in litigation can be demanding, and therefore actively participates in the provision of education and advice to General Practitioners to ensure they are best prepared to support their patients throughout their personal injury litigation.

The Melbourne Private Hospital invites General Practitioners to attend this live, online and interactive meeting presented by Mr Girish Nair and Dr Andrew Evans.


Activity ID 217507


Parkinson's Disease (PD) is one of the most prevalent neurodegenerative disorders in the western world. With no treatment currently available to stop progression of the disease, the concept of Deep Brain Stimulation is rapidly becoming recognised for its ability to significantly control the motor symptoms of Parkinson’s disease.


This activity therefore aims to update GPs on the surgical options available to patients with Parkinson’s Disease, including the availability of ‘Asleep Frameless’ Deep Brain Stimulation. It also aims to clarify patient selection criteria that can be applied in the context of primary care, such that Deep Brain Stimulation is considered and offered as a realistic treatment option for patients with severe tremor.


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Learning Outcomes:

Through this activity, GP's will be able to:

  1. Describe indications and guideline for the appropriate selection of patients suitable for surgical management;
  2. Discuss the advances in surgical techniques and research, in the treatment of Parkinson’s disease and their associated implications on patient outcomes;
  3. Utilise course reference material and specialist contact information to ensure timely referral and continuity of patient care.

Healthscope is a CPD education provider under the RACGP CPD Program.


GPs are invited to direct any pre-meeting questions Cathie Bulfin, Healthscope BDM (cathie.bulfin@healthscope.com.au).


Speakers

photo of Mr Girish Nair MBBS MS MCh FRACS (Neurosurgery)

Mr Girish Nair
MBBS MS MCh FRACS (Neurosurgery)
Head of Neurosurgery; Director of Functional Neurosurgery @Western Health; Royal Melbourne Hospital

Mr Girish Nair is a highly trained neurosurgeon with over fourteen years of experience. He has undergone specialised training in spine surgery and movement disorder surgery. Mr Nair keeps up-to-date with the latest medical developments and treatment options in his speciality. As a result, he is always keen to make use of evolving technologies to deliver the best possible care for his patients. For example, Mr Girish Nair is one of the few neurosurgeons in Melbourne who practices minimally invasive surgery for brain and spine operations. This technique offers significant clinical benefits. Most noteworthy, it has a positive impact on recovery time. This helps patients return to their normal lifestyle quicker. As a consultant at The Royal Melbourne Hospital and Footscray Hospital, Mr Nair engages in clinical research projects.


photo of Dr Andrew Evans MBBS MD FRACP

Dr Andrew Evans
MBBS MD FRACP
Director of Movement Disorder @Royal Melbourne Hospital

Dr Andrew Evans trained at the Royal Melbourne, Western Hospitals and the Kingston Centre. He spent over 4 years in a movement disorders fellowship at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, Queen Square, London, UK. Dr Evans is the current director of the Movement Disorders Service at the Royal Melbourne Hospital. He has published extensively on the disease particularly addressing symptoms that impact on the quality of life of sufferers and heads a number of clinical research trials. In addition to his research, he is also a member of the Melbourne Health Ethics Committee. Dr Evans visits a number of public and private hospitals in central Melbourne, including The Royal Melbourne Hospital and Melbourne Private Hospital.



The Melbourne Private Hospital invites General Practitioners to attend this live, online and interactive meeting presented by Dr Matthew Brooks, A/Prof James Wong, A/Prof Rod Warren and Dr Samuel Wright, and hosted by Dr Sally Cockburn.

Activity ID 217002

This cardiology update has been developed with a GP focus, to expand the understanding of diagnostic and management strategies for patients presenting with chest pain. Specialist cardiologists will review and examine evidence, patient case studies and available diagnostic and treatment options available to General Practitioners. The impact of COVID-19 and rural vs metropolitan setting, on both patient assessment and management, will be explored.

In addition, this activity will review and discuss implications of the recent changes to Medicare-funded cardiac imaging services.

Learning Outcomes:

By the end of this activity, GPS will be able to:

  1. Assess a patient presenting with chest pain and describe appropriate initial management
  2. Outline the basic management algorithms for stable angina versus acute coronary syndrome
  3. Describe the investigations available for assessing cardiac causes of chest pain and their relative strengths and weaknesses
  4. Discuss the implications of changes to MBS items forcardiac imaging and the associated considerations forGPs when referring for specialist management


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Speakers:

Dr Sally Cockburn – Meeting Chair

General Practitioner

Dr Sally Cockburn is a practising specialist GP with over 35 years clinical experience. She is an adjunct senior lecturer at Dept Public Health and Preventative Medicine at Monash University. She completed a Masters in Health and Medical Law in 2017. Sally is also a public health educator. media health commentator and sought after corporate speaker. She has hosted award winning Health related radio programs and has been a nationally recognised media presenter and facilitator since 1990.

Sally has also been active in governance and policy. This includes being a member of Victorian Ambulance board, Vic Health Board, Mental Health Reform Council, Sexual Health Taskforce. She has been Chair of Family Planning Victoria and Chair of Variety The Children’s Charity. Sally is an inductee in Victorian Women’s Honour Roll and was awarded Monash distinguished alumni service award.


Dr Matthew Brooks

MBBS BMedSci FRACP

Dr Matthew Brooks completed his medical training at The University of Melbourne followed by specialist cardiology and interventional training at The Royal Melbourne Hospital. He undertook two further fellowships at The Edinburgh Heart Centre and Copenhagen University Hospital with a focus on complex percutaneous coronary intervention and structural heart disease intervention. Matthew’s expertise is in complex percutaneous coronary artery intervention (including chronic total occlusions, left main PCI and rotational atherectomy) and structural heart disease intervention (including transcatheter aortic valve replacement and mitral valve repair/replacement, percutaneous left atrial appendage closure, device closure of interatrial defects, alcohol septal ablation). He is a consultant cardiologist at The Royal Melbourne Hospital and also practices privately at Melbourne Private and John Fawkner Private Hospitals.


A/Prof Roderic Warren

MBBS, PhD, FRACP

Associate Professor Rod Warren has been the director of Interventional Cardiology at the Royal Melbourne Hospital for 20 years. Having trained at Royal Melbourne, undertaken a PhD at the Baker Institute and advanced angioplasty training in the United States. He has performed more than 50000 procedures and has been instrumental in developing the acute infarct service at Royal Melbourne and Melbourne Private hospitals. Associate Professor Warren has trained many interventional cardiologists both locally and from overseas and the units have achieved outstanding results for revascularisation either by stent or bypass surgery.


A/Prof James Wong

MBBS, PhD, FRACP

Associate Professor James Wong is the Director of the Echocardiography Laboratory and Heart failure specialist at the Royal Melbourne Hospital. He graduated from the University of Melbourne in 1985 with honours in Medicine and Surgery. Trained in cardiology at The Royal Melbourne Hospital and was awarded a National Heart Foundation scholarship to complete a PhD in vascular biology at the Baker Medical Research Institute. Post graduate training was obtained in an Advance Cardiac Imaging Fellowship in the Cardiovascular Imaging Laboratory at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation in Ohio USA. He won first prize in the advanced fellow's research award for two successive years at the Cleveland Clinic, first prize at the Ohio Chapter of the ACC Young Investigators award in 1997, first prize in the Young Investigators Award of the American Society of Echocardiograpy 1998 for work on ultrasound facilitated gene therapy. Main interests are in treatment of heart failure, valvular heart disease, cardiac ultrasound and stress echocardiography.


Dr Samuel Wright

MBBS, FRACP

Dr Wright graduated with his medical degree from University of Melbourne before undertaking his clinical training at Royal Melbourne and Austin Hospitals. He completed advanced physician training in Cardiology before specialising in multi-modality cardiac imaging, including level A CT coronary angiography accreditation, and is one of a small number of cardiologists in Melbourne with dual training in Nuclear Medicine. He is currently appointed as a staff specialist Cardiologist at Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre and provides nuclear cardiology (and general nuclear) investigations at MIA radiology at John Fawkner Hospital, Epping and Warringal Private Hospital. Special interests include; chest pain, undifferentiated dyspnoea, heart failure and managing cardiac issues in complex medical patients.

The Melbourne Private Hospital invites General Practitioners to attend this live, online and interactive meeting presented by Dr William Wilson and chaired by Dr Matthew Brooks.

Activity ID 208320.

This cardiology update has been developed with a GP focus in order to expand the understanding of diagnostic and management strategies for patients presenting with signs and symptoms of dyslipidaemia. Specialist cardiologists from Melbourne Private Hospital will review and examine evidence, patient case studies and the available diagnostic and the treatment options available to General Practitioners.

Learning Outcomes:

Through this activity, GP's will be able to:

  1. Assess modifiable and non-modifiable cardiovascular risk factors;
  2. Develop updated counselling skills on lifestyle modification and on current therapeutic modalities for dyslipidaemia;
  3. Discuss the role of cardiovascular risk assessment and factors that must be considered prior to commencing lipid-modifying therapy;
  4. Recognise side effects associated with statins and implement a framework for identifying and managing these symptoms;
  5. Implement strategies to improve the management of patients who have been prescribed lipid-modifying therapy, including referral for diet and exercise modification where appropriate, involvement of practice nurses in lifestyle counselling and periodic review of safe use of medications.

Healthscope is a CPD education provider under the RACGP CPD Program.

GPs are invited to direct any pre-meeting questions for Dr Wilson and Dr Brooks to Cathie Bulfin, Healthscope BDM (cathie.bulfin@healthscope.com.au).


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Speakers

Dr Matthew Brooks MBBS BMedSci FRACP

Interventional Cardiologist @Melbourne Private Hospital

Matthew completed his medical training at The University of Melbourne followed by specialist cardiology and interventional training at The Royal Melbourne Hospital. He undertook two further fellowships at The Edinburgh Heart Centre and Copenhagen University Hospital with a focus on complex percutaneous coronary intervention and structural heart disease intervention. Matthew’s expertise is in complex percutaneous coronary artery intervention (including chronic total occlusions, left main PCI and rotational atherectomy) and structural heart disease intervention (including transcatheter aortic valve replacement and mitral valve repair/replacement, percutaneous left atrial appendage closure, device closure of interatrial defects, and paravalvular leak closure). He is a consultant cardiologist at The Royal Melbourne Hospital and also practices privately at Melbourne Private and John Fawkner Private Hospitals.


Dr William Wilson MBBS FRACP

Cardiologist @Melbourne Private Hospital

William graduated from the University of Melbourne in 1999 and completed cardiology training at the Royal Melbourne Hospital. He undertook overseas fellowships at the Edinburgh Heart Centre and at the Toronto Congenital Cardiac Centre for Adults. William is a general cardiologist, specialising in interventional cardiology and adult congenital heart disease. He is proficient in all forms of structural intervention, including transcatheter valve implantation (TAVI). He is a national proctor for PCI for chronic total occlusions. He is currently undertaking a PhD through the University of Melbourne, which centres on congenital heart disease and is actively involved in the teaching of medical students, junior doctors and physician trainees. In addition to his lists at Melbourne Private Hospital, William also holds a public appointment at the Royal Melbourne Hospital.

This activity will be delivered online via Zoom and a link will be emailed to participants following registration.

Melbourne Private Hospital invites General Practitioners to attend this live, online and interactive meeting. The activity will be presented by Professor Richard Bittar, Mr Mohammed Awad and Mr Yianni Zaparas (please see speaker profiles below).

This interactive update has been developed with a GP focus in order to expand the understanding of diagnostic and management strategies for patients presenting with suspected workplace back injuries. This activity will address clinical and administrative challenges faced by primary care providers.

A neurosurgeon and personal injury specialist will lead GPs through an interactive session that reviews and examines evidence, patient case studies and the diagnostic, treatment and management options available to General Practitioners.

Learning Outcomes:

By the end of this activity, GPS will be able to:

  1. Discuss a range of investigation techniques and imaging modalities for the diagnosis of work related back pain
  2. Recognise when a specialist referral is necessary for a patient presenting with back pain
  3. Describe the key themes and unique optics to document in a medical report
  4. Outline considerations to be aware of during report writing of diagnosis and the causation of injuries

Healthscope is a CPD education provider under the RACGP CPD Program.

GPs are invited to direct any pre-meeting questions for Professor Richard Bittar, Mr Mohammed Awad and Mr Yianni Zaparas, to Cathie Bulfin (cathie.bulfin@healthscope.com.au).


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Speakers:

Professor Richard Bittar MBBS (Hons) PhD FRACS

Neurosurgeon & Spinal Surgeon @Precision Brain, Spine & Pain Centre

Professor Bittar is an experienced neurosurgeon and spinal surgeon who specialises in the treatment of spinal conditions, brain tumours, and movement disorders. Professor Bittar currently has performed more robotic spinal surgery procedures than any other surgeon in Victoria, and runs the largest Psychosurgery service in Australasia. He has published dozens of scientific articles, and has presented his work at numerous national and international meetings. Professor Bittar prides himself on treating patients with dignity and respect, and providing assessment and treatment of the highest standard. CLINICAL INTERESTS INCLUDE: Brain and Spinal Tumours, Deep Brain Stimulation, Disc prolapse and spinal stenosis, Robotic spinal surgery, Spinal and peripheral nerve surgery

Dr Mohammed Awad MBChB BSc MPhil FRCS FRACS

Neurosurgeon & Spinal Surgeon @Precision Brain, Spine & Pain Centre

Mr Mohammed Awad is a UK and Australian-trained Neurosurgeon, with subspecialty training and expertise in the treatment of brain tumours and in complex spinal surgery, including robotic spinal surgery and minimally invasive spinal surgery. He manages a broad range of conditions affecting the brain and spine. Mr Awad has trained and gained expertise in some of the leading neurosurgical centres in the United Kingdom and Australia, and deriving experience in a diverse range of areas in brain and spinal surgery. He has been granted Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons and the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons. Mr Awad has completed subspecialty fellowship training in spinal surgery and neuro-oncology. He applies the latest state-of-the-art techniques, including minimally invasive surgery & artificial disc replacement, as well as robotic spinal surgery, to the treatment of a range of spinal conditions, including disc prolapse, degenerative spinal disease, tumours, spinal trauma.

Mr Yianna Zaparas LLB BCom

Partner at Law @Zaparas Lawyers

Yianni Zaparas is a Partner at Zaparas Lawyers. Yianni joined the family business in 2004 and has over 16 years of experience in personal injury litigation with expertise in WorkCover and Occupational Diseases. He methodically learnt by his father’s side, the founder of the firm, and has along with his siblings continued the Zaparas family legal tradition. Yianni is a head of the WorkCover and Occupational Disease department at Zaparas lawyers and has extensive experience in the management and leadership. He has a passion for helping those injured as a result of a workplace injury, supporting them through their compensable journey and striving for the best outcomes possible. He has successfully represented thousands of clients and is regarded as being one of the most experienced and highly respected lawyers in personal injury litigation.

This activity will be delivered online via Zoom and a link will be emailed to participants following registration.

Melbourne Private Hospital invites General Practitioners to attend this live, online and interactive meeting. The activity will be presented by Mr Phillip Antippa and Mr Ben Dunne (please see speaker profiles below)

Whilst a conclusive diagnosis of lung cancer may be made in the hospital setting, and under the care of a specialist, GPs have a pivotal role in recognising high risk patients, symptoms and imaging suggestive of lung cancer thus initiating appropriate investigation and a timely specialist referral.

This online update has been developed with a GP focus in order to review the burden of disease of Lung Cancer. Specialist Thoracic Surgeons from Melbourne Private Hospital will review and discuss symptoms, diagnostic and referral pathways that will assist GPs in identifying cases early, thus enhancing patient outcomes.

Learning Outcomes:

By the end of this activity, GPS will be able to:

  1. Outline current risk stratification for lung cancer
  2. Discuss the existing data supporting lung cancer screening, and the status of screening in Australia
  3. Recognise the importance of timely referral and progression to treatment in patients with suspected lung cancer
  4. Discuss the current treatment options available (including targeted therapies/immunotherapies) and the prognosis of lung cancer
  5. Utilise reference material and specialist information to implement new strategies and identify effective referral pathways that ensure timely diagnosis of patients with lung cancer.

Healthscope is a CPD education provider under the RACGP CPD Program.

GPs are invited to direct any pre-meeting questions for Mr Antippa or Mr Dunne, to Cathie Bulfin (cathie.bulfin@healthscope.com.au).


PLEASE REGISTER HERE


Speaker Profiles:

Mr Phillip Antippa OAM MBBS FRACS

Head of Thoracic Surgical Service at Royal Melbourne Hospital
Thoracic Surgeon at Melbourne Private Hospital and Peter MacCallum Cancer Institute

Phillip is a specialist Thoracic Surgeon and the Head of Thoracic Surgical Service at Royal Melbourne Hospital (RMH). In addition, his main clinical appointments includes the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, as part of the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre (VCCC). Philip also operates privately at Melbourne Private Hospital in Parkville. Exposed to a large breadth of benign and malignant diseases of the chest, his work includes all aspects of Adult Thoracic Surgery including care of patients with malignancies of the chest and trauma surgery. He is also committed to research and teaching, as well as having an active role in the Trauma Unit at RMH. Phillip performs all aspects of Thoracic Surgery from advanced Bronchoscopy with Laser and stenting to advanced Pulmonary resections including VATS Lobectomy. He has an active interest in Chest Wall Trauma, Chest Wall Resection and Reconstruction as well as Pectus Deformity Corrective surgery including the Nuss Procedure.


Mr Ben Dunne MBBCh BOA MRCS MS FRACS

Cardiothoracic Surgeon @Melbourne Private Hospital, RMH, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre

Ben is a specialist Cardiothoracic surgeon whose main interest is Thoracic Surgery. His main clinical appointments are at the Royal Melbourne Hoispital (RMH) and the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, as part of the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre (VCCC). Ben also operates privately at Melbourne Private Hospital in Parkville. Ben’s work includes all aspects of Adult Thoracic Surgery including care of patients with malignancies of the chest. He is also dedicated to clinical governance, leadership, education, and research with over 50 scientific publications and presentations, and has authored 2 chapters in major thoracic surgical textbooks. Having recently returned to Australia, Ben has joined the team at Royal Melbourne Hospital/ Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre working as part of the multidisciplinary team to provide comprehensive and patient centred care. Ben performs all aspects of Thoracic Surgery.

In addition to RACGP CPD accredited events, Melbourne Private Hospital is pleased to offer a series of online educational videos that General Practitioners can complete at their convenience. To access this series of 4 RACGP CPD accredited Cardiology videos, please register by clicking the link below.

PLEASE REGISTER HERE

You will receive your login details via an email from praxhub within 1 working day.

Once you are able to log in, please:

  1. Select CPD/CME option
  2. Select ‘Healthscope’ (~5th down the list)
  3. Here you will find the following 4 x cardiology CPD accredited activities:
  • Approach to Chest Pain (3 CPD points)
  • Atrial Fibrillation (2 CPD points)
  • Valvular Heart Disease (3 CPD points)
  • Heart Failure – The Dyspnoea Patient (3 CPD points)

For further information on our GP engagement program, please contact:

Cathie Bulfin - Melbourne Private Hospital Marketing Manager
M: 0427 056 903 | E: Cathie.Bulfin@healthscope.com.au

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